Exotic, natural and botanical, these are descriptive words that consumers seem to gravitate towards lately. Although there are a variety of water‐soluble ingredients that fit this profile, cosmetic chemists are often
hard pressed to find suitable anhydrous alternatives. Some of the most popular and exotic botanical ingredients currently being used in cosmetics are native to the South American continent. The popularity of these ingredients may be a result of the imagery this locale inspires. Many consumers associate South America with a warm and fertile environment, full of lush jungles and beautiful waterfalls, a picture of paradise.
Guava is native to South America and has since been naturalized through the tropics. It is considered by many to be a super fruit since it is not only a highly marketable, but it is also rich in vitamins A and C. In fact, a single guava contains four times more vitamin C than an orange. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that is often used in cosmetics to reduce oxidative stress which can contribute to damage and aging. It is also commonly used to enhance collagen synthesis for additional anti‐aging benefits. Vitamin A is also an antioxidant that is also frequently used in skin care applications to treat issues associated with problem skin such as acne and excessive sebum production. The seeds of the fruit are also rich omega‐3 and omega‐6 fatty acids. These are both essential fatty acids that can provide anti-inflammatory properties while also offering additional conditioning benefits. Clearly, there are a variety of health benefits associated with the fruit, which may explain why guava extracts are becoming such a popular ingredient in both skin and hair care applications.
FSS Guava Extract OS is oil soluble so it can be added to either the oil phase of an emulsion or it can be used in a variety of anhydrous applications. Given that it is an extraction of the fruit in sunflower seed oil, it can also provide exceptional moisturizing benefits which are useful in both hair and skin care applications.